Egypt: A case study

munaSecurity is a blessing, and no terrorist group can offer anything better. Egypt is preparing to mark the fifth anniversary of the revolution of Jan 25, 2011, which overthrew President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. This anniversary comes amid harsh circumstances for all Arab states because terrorism is knocking on every door.

According to official reports, it seems that the Egyptian government expects some violent acts and incitement of the public by some terrorist groups, most notably from the Muslim Brotherhood. There are incitements to target security forces, police, army and the judiciary and calls for demonstrations. Some of these calls are being highlighted on Facebook.

I believe it is the right of the state to confront vandals who threaten the security of the country, but the question remains about what the Muslim Brotherhood wants? Why is it still mixing religion with politics and using the youth as fuel for its agenda? The Egyptian ministry of awqaf is trying to confront the Muslim Brotherhood’s calls to demonstrate against the government during the anniversary with a common sermon in all mosques in Egypt hailing the blessings of security and safety. In contrast, the terrorist Brotherhood group believes that participation in demonstrations is jihad in the name of Allah against the Egyptian state. This is insolence and ignorance and it is a great shame for anyone to trust such suspicious calls.

What will happen during the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution is an internal affair and I’m confident that it will be dealt with. I’m cornered on the spread of such extremist ideas among young people and young women in particular, not necessarily in Egypt but elsewhere, especially through Facebook, which seems to be a powerful social site with a huge impact in Egypt. Let’s not disregard the fact that Kuwait has a large Egyptian community and perhaps a few may sympathize with the fishy calls of the Muslim Brotherhood. This must be taken into consideration.

I do not see any difference between a group like the Muslim Brotherhood and IS and other terrorist groups, but I also wonder what they are seeking from causing chaos in their own country. It is everyone’s duty to stand up in the face of those who try to create a mess, whether they have a long beard or not. This is why I believe Egypt is part of us here in the Gulf and we are obliged to support it now and always.

Parliaments in the world have a significant role in shaping and influencing public opinion, and are a measure of the pulse of the street. In Egypt, the large parliament inevitably has a positive role to keep the state, its facilities and its citizens safe and has a duty to be strong and supportive of the state’s incentive to guard them from any aggressor or calls for demonstrations and dissemination of violence, especially since Egypt does not suffer from the hateful sectarian that we face here in the Gulf. This is truly a significant blessing.

Why should we care about Egypt? This is an interesting question. Egypt’s stability is our stability and returning it back to its position regionally and internationally is our strength in the Gulf as well, and we should not be fooled by any other calls. We face the same threat of terror.

The Egyptian government will face this anniversary with more awareness and firmness which is important for the protection of the lives of many innocent people and the protection of the name and reputation of Egypt internationally. It is also an important lesson for us.

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